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  • Abortion (A-Z entry)

    Abortion as such is not discussed in the Bible, so any explanation of why it is not legislated or commented on is speculative. One ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • Abraham (A-Z entry)

    Abraham is the earliest biblical character who is delineated clearly enough to be correlated, to a limited extent, within world history. His homeland on ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • The Acts of Andrew (Chapters)

    The arrangement of this section is: Introduction The Acts of Andrew The Acts of Andrew and Matthias; the Acts of Peter and Andrew; the ...

    Source: The Apocryphal New Testament

  • The Acts of Andrew and Matthias; The Acts of Peter and Andrew; The Acts of Andrew and Paul (Chapters)

    The Acts of Andrew and Matthias among the Cannibals was at one time thought to have belonged to the original Acts of Andrew. This ...

    Source: The Apocryphal New Testament

  • Acts of the Apostles (A-Z entry)

    The fifth book of the New Testament in the common arrangement, Acts records certain phases of the progress of Christianity for a period of ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • age (A-Z entry)

    Human life was expected to end after seventy years, and anyone living for eighty years must have unusual strength ( Ps. 90: 10 ). ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • alpha (A-Z entry)

    The first letter of the Greek alphabet; in Rev. 1: 8 God is called ‘Alpha and Omega ’ (the last letter of the Greek ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • angels (A-Z entry)

    The Greek word aggelos means ‘messenger’ and as such angels are described as bearing messages from God to the patriarchs (e.g. Gen. 22: 11 ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • annunciation (A-Z entry)

    The message brought by the angel Gabriel to Mary recorded only by Luke ( 1: 26–38 ) that she would be the mother of ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • anthropology (A-Z entry)

    Usually the study of mankind's cultures, customs, and cults—but in Christian theology it is used for the doctrine that men and women are made ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • Anti‐Semitism (A-Z entry)

    Anti‐Semitism has become the term commonly used for attitudes and actions against Jews. It was coined in the 1870s by the German agitator Wilhelm ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • Antichrist (A-Z entry)

    The word “antichrist” occurs in the Bible only in 1 and 2 John. The prefix anti‐ in Greek means “over against,” “instead of,” and ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • antinomianism (A-Z entry)

    The doctrine held by a group of Christians taught by Paul that Christ has freed us from slavery under the Law , as if ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • apocalypse (A-Z entry)

    Though applied especially to the last book in the Bible, the Revelation to John, and called ‘The Apocalypse’, the word means more generally an ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • Aqedah (A-Z entry)

    The Hebrew word for “binding,” and the common designation for Genesis 22.1–19 , in which God tests Abraham by commanding that he sacrifice his ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • Arundel 404 (Liber de Infantia Salvatoris) (Chapters)

    This text (British Library Arundel 404) is one of two medieval Latin infancy gospels published originally by M. R. James, Latin Infancy Gospels (Cambridge, ...

    Source: The Apocryphal New Testament

  • Ascension of Christ (A-Z entry)

    Despite the great importance and influence of the early church's belief in the ascension of Christ , it is described explicitly in the New ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • asceticism (A-Z entry)

    The strict discipline of one's body has been a precept of many religions, and clearly Christians who expected an early return of the Lord ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • Authority of the Bible (A-Z entry)

    This terminology is characteristic of Christian theology, and so the following entry appropriately discusses the issue from a Christian perspective. For consideration of the ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • barbarian (A-Z entry)

    The term used by the Greeks of the classical period (from Herodotus, c. 410 bce ) for those who spoke a foreign language, such ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

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